1.) Yes....you're only removing the rocker box cover and rocker arms and shaft. Not the whole head.Ok
I know its a bit a dead horse. But im going to open up the cam cover to inspect. My 06 RoadKing has 20k on it and i hear some noise.
If I find wear its obvious i need to replace or up grade to gears. But right now i don't have the $ for the gears. About a $1000. In parts for cam kit , tappets, gaskets, fluids & filter and what else.
I think its in my budget to replace the stock tensioners with the same so i can finish the season with my butt on the bike and put the coin aside for the proper parts.
Is there any way to replace the tensioners with out popping the heads off or cutting the push rods and using adjustable rods.
What parts should need for the stock replacement. What would any of you do? And why?
What parts for a gear drive up grade and why?
Last ? What kind of $ am i really looking at for either way?
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Can you do it without doing that? No.
2.) Primary and secondery tensioners, Gasket kit (Jims makes one including rocker gaskets and oil pump o-rings)
Tensioners: $ 67 each
Gasket kit: $48
I'd pull oil pump relief valve and clean and polish it, and polishing the chains doesn't hurt.
Good time to add a Baisley 15% oil pump spring.
YOU ALSO want to remove and replace your inner cam bearings. ($15 a set)
That requires the puller and installer tools.
($150 off Ebay for both)
Gear drive will take new cams, and you have to have a minimum of 0.002"-0.003" of crank end play, or you can't do it.
With that, if you install gear drive cams, you need to add more fuel, which is a fuel adder for you, as XEIDs won't work on a 2006. You have no O2 sensors.
Fuel Adder- $200-350
You'll also have to inspect the oil pump internal body. If it has excessive wear, that's another $300.